Thursday, March 28, 2013

baby & me: funny bunny

We had a very full house for our baby program today! Our theme for today was BUNNIES!

Mystery Box:
Today, the little yellow box contained a rabbit finger puppet. The rabbit’s head pops in and out of a tall black hat. The babies loved playing peekaboo with the rabbit.

Books Read:
Peekaboo, Blueberry- Saltzberg
Whose Ears? – Rowe
Hop! – Phyllis Root

Flannel Story: Bunnies in the Grass

Five little bunnies sitting in the grass
Uh oh, there one goes
He hopped away fast!

A simple rhyme, but the babies were quite mesmerized by the bunnies.
I found this cute rhyme on a great website: You can find the bunny rhyme here.
I found this amazing bunny idea (with a template!!! Hooray!) and a great rhyme on another fantastic blog: Loons and Quines@ Librarytime.


Two little bunnies hopping in the dirt
One named Gus, One named Gert
Hop away Gus
Hop away Gert
Hop back Gus
Hop back Gert
(I kind of adapted Two Little Blackbirds to go with my bunny theme!)

Hop Your Bunny
Hop your bunny up high
Hop your bunny down low
Hop your bunny side to side
Hop him all around
Hop him on your shoulder
Hop him on your head
Hop him on your belly
And then put him to bed!
(repeat with two bunnies)

These adorable bunny puppets were purchased on

We had a record breaking 13 babies and 16 adults join our baby program today!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

toddler time: fun at the farm

Today, our toddler program focused on a FARM theme!

Mystery Box:
Today, our little yellow box contained a little chick

Books Read:
Oh Dear – Campbell
Are You a Cow- Boynton
If You’re Happy and You Know It - Carter

Songs with Shaker Eggs:
Shake My Sillies Out
Shake Your Egg Along with Me
Milkshake Song

Flannel Story: Five Eggs

Five eggs and five eggs, that makes ten (hold up 2 hands)
Sitting on top is the mother hen. (fold one hand over the other)
Crackle, crackle, crackle; what do I see? (clap 3 times)
Ten fluffy chickens, as yellow as can be! (hold up and wiggle ten fingers)

PuppetOld MacDonald Had a Farm (with barn prop and animal puppets)

I made this barn out of an old cardboard box shaped that was conveniently shaped like a house. I covered it with construction paper and decorated it with foam letters and a red foam sheet barn door. As we sing the song, the animal pops out of the top of the barn. It is really fun to use with the kids.

I found these puppets on I think; they were a great deal!

Chick puppets decorated with crayons and lots of feathers were a hit today. Who doesn't love feathers? You can find the template here.

Friday, March 22, 2013

baby & me: mice are nice

Today's baby theme was: MICE!

Mystery Box:
Today the little yellow box contained a little white mouse puppet!

Books Read:
Whose Nose- Rowe
Peekaboo Baby- Braun

Flannel Story: The Mouse House

"Little Mouse, Little Mouse, Are you in the (color) house?"


Three Mice in a Box

Possible rhymes to use:

Where are the little mice?
   Squeak, squeak, squeak
   I do not see them so I'll
   Peek, peek, peek.
   HERE they come out of their hole in the box
   Let's rock!

What do you think is here inside?
   Do you think it's an elephant trying to hide?
   Or maybe a horse with a tail and a mane?
   No, that's all silly, this box is too small.
   A horse or a cat wouldn't fit there at all.
   I'll give you a hint. (Aren't you dying to peek?)
   Their whiskery noses will tickle your cheek.
   There's not one, there's not two but three little creatures.
   Long tails and bright eyes are two more of their features.
   No more hints! 'Cause I guessed! And it's so squeaky nice,
   It's my favoritest thing: Three soft, twinkly mice.
                                                              ---Madeline Scott

10 moms and 10 babies attended today on yet another frigid March morning.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

preschool fun: on your feet

This week's theme: SOCKS & FEET!

Books Read:
Have You Seen My New Blue Socks- Bunting
Dancing Feet – Craig
Jump - Fischer
New Socks- Shea
Duck Sock Hop- Kohuth
Fox in Socks- Seuss

Flannel Board:
Sock Matching/Five Pairs of Dirty Socks

I finally got to use my new washing machine prop! I found this idea on Flannel Friday. I used an old tissue box and felt.

First, I put one of each sock on my flannel board and the mates in my washer. I told the kids I was missing some of my socks, maybe they are in the wash. This group was pretty young so although I’d envisioned letting the kids come up and pull the socks out of the washer, I didn’t think it would work out well today. SO I pulled out the mates and the kids helped me match all the socks. 
After we had all the pair lined up, we counted them and started this rhyme:

5 pairs of dirty socks on my bedroom floor
Mom washed the blue pair and then there were 4

4 pairs of dirty socks that belong to me
Mom washed the red pair and then there were 3

3 pairs of dirty socks, What’s a kid to do?
Mom washed the green pair and then there were2

2 pairs of dirty socks, I wear them when I run.
Mom washed the purple pair and then there was 1.

1 pair of dirty socks, one and only one,
Mom washed the last pair, my favorite pair of all!.

No more dirty socks, Mom washed them all today,
But wait until tomorrow, cause there’s more on the way!

As I pulled the socks off the flannel board, I put them in the washing machine. I definitely think my new prop added some fun to this flannel board.


Although I had to cut the program short today and we didn’t get to read a few pages of Fox in Socks, we did do a cute fox/socks craft: paper bag puppets. If you would like to make your own puppet, you can find the template right here!

Friday, March 15, 2013

baby & me: time to sleep

Mystery Box:
A black bat finger puppet to introduce our Night Time/Bedtime theme!

Books Read:
Little Black Book- Renee Khatami
Ten in the Bed- Ellwand
More on this theme:
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star- Jane Cabrera
Good Night – Benoit Marchon

Flannel Board:

Hey Diddle Diddle
The cat & the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon!
The little dog laughed 
to see such a sight
And the dish ran away with the spoon!

My bear in a tree stump puppet makes yet another appearance for
“Where Is Bear?”

I experimented this morning with a new activity. About half way through the program, they babies start to get antsy so we all stand up and march in place to my lollipop drum for a few minutes while singing a little marching song. 

Afterwards, I walked to each baby in our group and let them tap out the syllables of their name on my drum, along with the caregiver’s help. I wasn’t sure how the babies would react and I was a little nervous that I’d lose their attention for the rest of the program but it was a huge success. I saw a lot of smiling babies as I made my way thru the group. I found this idea in a wonderful blog of course: (Abby the Librarianthanks Abby!) and I’m definitely adding this to my program, maybe even on a weekly basis.

11 babies and 13 adults attended this cold & windy March morning!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

preschool visits

Birthdays! (part 3)

Two wonderful preschool groups visited our library today.

Today’s theme: Birthdays & CAKES!

Books Read:

If You Give a Cat a Cupcake- Numeroff
Maisy Bakes a Cake- Cousins
The Blue Balloon- Inkpen
The Secret Birthday Message- Carle
Spot Bakes a Cake- Hill
Do Crocs Kiss- Yoon (LOVE her!)
If You’re Happy and You Know It – Carter
Little Gorilla - Ruth Bornstein


Open Shut Them
Blow the Balloon
Purple Stew
Sticky Bubble Gum
Dance Your Fingers

Un-Flannel Story: Let’s Make a Cake

It's someone's Birthday!  

(may be someone in the class or the character in a book or even me!)
Let's make a cake!
What do we need? 
(I use a wooden spoon to "stir" the ingredients, kids use imaginary spoons)
sugar! flour! eggs! butter!
(kids today suggested strawberries, blueberries, pepper, salt, sprinkles, etc and we throw it all into our magic cake batter)
Let's put it in the oven! 
(I close the box and I bake it under my chair while we read a book or do a fingerplay)

I smell something delicious, can you smell it? Should we check on our cake? 

It's Ready! Look at the amazing cake we made!

Something is missing on our birthday cake, what is it?

Candles!! Lets put some on our cake: 1,2,3,4,5
Let's light the candles:1,2,3,4,5
Now we sing Happy Birthday!
Now lets blow out the candle with this rhyme. Everybody show me 5 fingers!

Five Birthday Candles
5 birthday candles, wish there were more, blow out one (blow), and then there are 4
4 birthday candles, pretty as can be, blow out one (blow), and then there are 3
3 birthday candles, mother bought them new, blow out one (blow), and then there are 2
2 birthday candles, birthday cakes are fun, blow out one (blow), and then there is 1
1 birthday candle, a birthday wish is fun, but blow out one, then there are none!

I found this amazing idea on one of my favorite blogs, My Storytime Life. I didn't have time to make a beautiful felt cake so i just used clipart printed off of my color printer and laminated for durability. I attached clothespins like she did and made my own clipart candles with pipe cleaner & felt flames. Creating my cake was a little more time consuming than some of my other projects but it was so worth the effort. This activity was a lot of fun to do with the preschoolers!

We ended our session with one of my most favorite books of all time!! It's always a hit with the preschool or toddler crowd.

For our craft today, we made little paper birthday cakes to take home. I found a clip art cake and candle here. I cut everything out in advance so the kids could decorate with crayons and glitter. Everyone loved making their own cakes!

Monday, March 11, 2013

toddler time: chugging down the tracks

Today’s toddler theme was TRAINS!

Books Read:
I Love Trains- Philemon Sturges
Freight Train- Crews

Non Train Related Books Read:
Spot Can Count – Hill
Froggy Green – Walker
Ten Black Dots- Crews

Flannel Board“This Little Train” (with train whistle!)

(Sung to: “This Old Man”)
This little train, painted black 
It comes chugging down the track 
With a “Choo-choo; Toot-toot” 
Hear the whistle blow 
This little train goes chugging home.

This little car painted blue
It has seats for me and you
With a “Choo-choo; Toot-toot”
Hear the whistle blow
This little train goes chugging home.

This little car painted yellow
It shimmies and shakes like a bowl of jello
With a “Choo-choo; Toot-toot”
Hear the whistle blow
This little train goes chugging home.

This little car, painted green
It’s the fanciest car you’ve seen,
With a “Choo-choo; Toot-toot”
Hear the whistle blow
This little train goes chugging home.

This little car; it is grey
It takes you places far away
With a “Choo-choo; Toot-toot”
Hear the whistle blow
This little train goes chugging home.

This caboose; it is red
It will take you home to bed
With a “Choo-choo; Toot-toot”
Hear the whistle blow
This little train goes chugging home.

Train puppets (see photo above)decorated with crayons and glitter.

Friday, March 8, 2013

baby & me: baby faces

Mystery Box: we opened the little yellow box to find a BABY!

Books Read:
Baby Parade – McDonnell (this fun new title was a hit with the babies and with me!)
How Does Baby Feel- Katz
Smile – Intrater

Flannel Board:
Sad Baby, Glad Baby

Poor little baby, are you still sad?
Let’s lift the green blanket and see if you’re glad!
(keep looking til you find the smiling baby)

I borrowed this flannel board from another awesome librarian blog. Thanks, Lisa! You can find it here.

10 babies, 11 adults attended today despite cold weather and some flurries.

Monday, March 4, 2013

preschool visits

Birthdays (Part 2!)

Today’s theme: Birthdays & PRESENTS!

Books Read:
If You Give a Pig a Party- Numeroff
What Are You Doing, Maisy? - Cousins
With Love From Maisy- Cousins

Fun "mouse related" books: 
Mouse Paint- Walsh, City Animals- Taback

Flannel Story

A Present from Mouse

Before our flannel story today, I read If You Give a Pig a Party. Then I told the kids that my friend Mouse went to a party and look at all the presents! 
Lets see if we can find the present that Mouse brought!

I hid Mouse behind his present and we chanted this rhyme as we looked for him:
"Did you bring the green box, green box, green box
Did you bring the green box, Little Mouse?"

The kids really enjoyed looking for Mouse and were very excited when they finally found him. Here is a close up view:

I found this great flannel idea on one of my most favorite blogs:
The author of this blog has some amazing ideas and her flannel boards are always gorgeous!


To finish up, we made party mouse puppets to take home. I found a clip art mouse online and some colorful party hats. I cut everything out in advance so the kids could color, paste and go!

Friday, March 1, 2013

baby & me: winter

Mystery Box:
To catch the interest of the babies, I always start with my yellow box:
"Here is a box, here is the lid
let's look inside and see what we hid!"

This week, we found a pretty felt snowflake to kick off our Winter theme!

Books Read:
Dinosaur’s Binkit -  Boynton (not a great choice today, a few babies started wandering!)
Winter Snow- Slegers (just okay for this group)

Flannel Board:

Snow Ball, snow ball
Cold and round
Behind which mitten can you be found?


Mitten Song with popsicle sticks (tune: Skip to My Lou)
One red mitten, what’ll I do?
One red mitten, what’ll I do?
One red mitten, what’ll I do?
I’ll find the other one now there’s two!
YAY (mittens clap!)
Repeat with blue and green!

Chubby Little Snowman

A chubby little snowman
Had a carrot nose
Along came a bunny
And what do you suppose?

That hungry little bunny
was looking for some lunch
He saw that snowman's carrot nose
And went nibble, nibble, crunch!

That chubby little bunny hopped into the woods.
He wiggled his ears as a good bunny should.

He hopped by a squirrel, he hopped by a tree.
He hopped by a bird and he hopped by me.

He stared at the squirrel. He stared at the tree.
He stared at the bird and he made faces at me.

Although the babies weren't too interested in my book selections for this week, the puppets and flannel board worked out great! We had four new very little babies attend in addition to our "regulars" so it was a wonderful group!